Bison and Human Safety in Parks
- Bison are wild animals and are unpredictable.
- Maintain a distance of 100 feet (30 m or two bus lengths) from bison.
- When the bison are within 100 feet (30 m) of the road, it is recommended to view them from inside a vehicle.
Wilderness ResidentsBadlands National Park
Bison inhabit the 64,000-acre wilderness area in the western reaches of the North Unit of the park.
Sustaining the Body & SpiritBighorn Canyon NRA
Although Bighorn Canyon does not have a bison herd, visitors can sometimes see them on Crow Tribal Land on the drive to the North District.
Native GrazersCapitol Reef National Park
Bison are native to the area in and around Capitol Reef. The Henry Mountain herd is managed by the state of Utah.
The Bison PastureChickasaw NRA
A portion of the park's upland prairie has been reserved as a range for a small herd of American bison.
ANCESTRAL HOMELANDSGlacier National Park
Park neighbors, the Blackfeet Tribe, released bison back into the wild after a 125 year absence as part of the Iinnii Initiative.
North Rim InhabitantsGrand Canyon National Park
The Kaibab Plateau Bison herd roams the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and adjacent North Kaibab National Forest.
At the Edge of the DunesGreat Sand Dunes NP&P
More than 1,500 bison are currently ranched within park boundaries on land owned by partners; the land is accessible only by tour.
Watchable WildlifeGrand Teton National Park
Bison from the Jackson herd can be found in large groups in the park along roadside vantage points.
Sustaining the LandscapeTallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Windmill Pasture (and sometimes West Traps Pasture) is home to the preserve's Flint Hills bison herd.
Residents Since Prehistoric TimesYellowstone National Park
Thousands of individuals roam relatively freely over the expansive landscape of Yellowstone National Park and nearby areas of Montana.
"Lordly" AnimalsTheodore Roosevelt National Park
This park has two bison separate bison herds, a South Unit herd and a North Unit herd.
at home on the prairieWind Cave National Park
Look for bison where a fire has recently burned and on prairie dog towns.
FREE RANGINGWrangell-St. Elias NP&P
This park is home two of the most free-ranging plains bison herds in the United States: Copper River herd and Chitina River herd.
Last updated: November 2, 2023